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        04-27-2013, 07:57 AM
    Roadyy- I think he is an in-place spooker. He's never bolted when I ride him, and he's spooked AT LEAST 3 times. The worst was the jacket incident, when he turned around really fast. Funnily enough, I wasn't really that scared, and my cousin(11y/o) was almost crying because she was scared. See, Toby had spun around, and his butt had hit patches (a glancing blow). Patches is who my cousin was riding, and she is such a calm horse, "J" had nothing to worry about.

    Anyways-I'll try all of these when the horses come home. When we get an atv I'll drive that around since we currently don't and probably won't have a riding lawn mower.

    Thanks for everything!
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        04-27-2013, 10:46 AM
    Originally Posted by Roadyy    
    If you have a riding mower then ride it all over the pasture around him so he gets accustomed to motor sounds up close to him if that is the path you want to take.
    Great idea! Also have the horse follow it and then it follow the horse. That would simulate a quad one might encounter on a trail or backroad. A bicycle would be another object to use. Also a person with a backpack. One could use an umbrella...just something odd looking. A hiker with a big backpack can be a wierd looking thing coming down the trail.
    You can't desensitize for everything but at least the more you do the more you know about your horse and his/her reaction. The older I get the more fond I am of being prepared...less possibility for injury. I really hate injury.
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        04-27-2013, 01:33 PM
    Horses seem to be afraid of EVERYTHING!!!! Uuuugggghhhhhh......
    It makes it alot harder to feel prepared to go out riding.
    Yes, I understand WHY they are afraid of things.

    Anyways-Thanks for everything!
        04-27-2013, 01:49 PM
    Good Luck, Toby's Mom!

    We have a Toby also. And he's the Best around here!
        04-27-2013, 01:50 PM
    Green Broke
    There are tons of videos on YT to help you teach the horse to keep their attention on you instead of everything around them.. If you get time them you should sit down and try to watch several of them to get some ideas that you can try.
        04-28-2013, 02:08 AM
    Green Broke
    Biscuit isn't afraid of dogs but he is not fond of dogs that run in and out around him. I just found out that his former owner's dog used to chase them in the pasture well, dang...that explained his dislike of my buddy's dog Bella!

    There is lots of ways to get them used to dogs if they are never around them - but I think a dog just barking at a horse is one thing - if a dog ran threateningly at a horse might be a total different ball of wax. I think several people suggestion of "chasing" the dog would probably work for almost any but a vicious dog. LOL I have to work at Biscuit charging Bella when she starts to get on his last nerve and I can tell when he has ran out of "Bella" patience. He has kicked at her before too. So while he is not afraid of her, I know he would love to feel her blood on his hooves!

    I did a bomb proof clinic with Biscuit last October and it really helped with getting Biscuit and me on the same page. I learned to not let him evade something he didn't want to do. Focusing on one obstacle at a time helped. Exposure to different noises, "strange" alien things popping up helped me as much as Biscuit!
        04-30-2013, 09:36 AM
    Originally Posted by Dustbunny    
    Good Luck, Toby's Mom!

    We have a Toby also. And he's the Best around here!

    LOL thanks!!!! I'm going to visit him today, so I can update later!!!
        04-30-2013, 09:51 AM
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    I never actually consciously desensitize my horses to anything and as someone who spent most of my life in the UK riding on busy roads it probably sounds odd
    What I do is expose them to life by never avoiding things, our barn is often noisy, I play a radio and CD's in there, I bang stuff around just in general and never apologise for making them 'jump because they have to get used to sudden things and in doing so develop self control.
    We have 5 dogs who are a real pain because they do bark and run around (though never chase the horses - that is not allowed) we've had horses here that have never seen dogs before and they deal with them just fine
    One thing I always notice is that if you expect a horse to spook then 9 times out of 10 it will because it picks up on your tension
    Training your horse to listen to you and know when it shouldn't 'move its feet' and work on developing trust in you will work better than all the desensitizing because you can never cover all things you'll meet.
    My horses will view their own field water tubs with some distrust when they get moved to another spot.
        04-30-2013, 01:48 PM
    I agree with Jaydee. Just be. Expect good behaviour, carry on as normal.

    Handwalking a horse down the road a few times is a good idea, as is charging an aggressive dog. But don't do these things until you have your horse rock-solid at home, listening and obeying. The road is no place to find holes in your training ;)

    Also, know when to pick your battles, and when not to. Don't go down the road on a windy spring day for the first ride. There is no shame in getting off if you're not feeling confident in your ability to control a dangerous situation. You will always find a way to get back on later once the tension has passed. I once had to dismount a 16h horse during a bareback trail ride. I found a way back on ;)

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